Monday, October 3, 2011

RESPECT FOR YOURSELF (Monday, October 3)

"The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself."  - Mark Twain

We often talk about self-respect, but have you ever tried to define it?  It isn't easy for adults to do, and even more difficult for adolescents.  Today's focus is "Respect for Yourself."  We hope that our students will gain a greater understanding of what it means to have self-respect.

Our fifth graders will be reading "The Story of Self-Esteem," an article from the Nemours Foundation found on  The article encourages students to focus on their strengths and to be positive about themselves.  Our goal is to help students develop a healthy self-esteem based on true strengths.  Students will also be completing a worksheet about respecting themselves.

Our eighth graders will be reading "How to Develop Respect for Yourself," an article by Tejvan Pettinger. 
The article lists 10 important tenets of developing self-respect:
1.  Be true to yourself
2.  Learn to handle criticism
3.  Look after your appearance, without being a slave to fashion
4.  Avoid Jealousy
5.  Remember your motivation, not results
6.  Respect others
7.  Never hate yourself
8.  Forgive
9.  Be selfless
10.  Don't try to "keep up with the Jones's"
After reading the article, students will be asked to self evaluate and look at their own strengths and weaknesses. 

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